The initial success of Bizet’s Carmen depended more on people’s curiosity to see a piece that had been described as “immoral”, than on a public appreciation for the music and libretto. The first opera to have a working class anti-hero, this story of a regular Joe and his obsession with a woman who wouldn’t be accepted by polite society, was seen as shocking, with music that was too passionate, too novel, too…. Germanic! for the conservative French audiences of the time. Sadly, Bizet passed away before Carmen achieved the popular success it maintains to this day.
This production will be conducted by Andrew Synnott, directed by Gavin Quinn and designed by Aedín Cosgrove. With Imelda Drumm in the title role and Michael Wade-Lee as her smitten soldier, Don José, who has abandoned sweet Micaela, sung by Mairéad Buicke, and Owen Gilhooly taking the role of Escamillo, it is guaranteed that sparks will fly!
This production will also see new Young Associate Artist Maria Hughes taking on the role of Mercedes.
October 2013 tour continues….
Glór Ennis, Causeway Link, Ennis, Co. Clare – Tue Oct 15 Mermaid Arts Centre, Main Street, Bray, County Wicklow – Thu 17 Oct.17 Siamsa Tíre, Town Park, Tralee, Co Kerry – Sat 19 Oct Samuel Beckett Theatre, Trinity College Dublin, College Green, Dublin 2 – Tue Oct. 22 Pavilion Theatre DUN LAOGHAIRE – Thu Oct. 24 Theatre at the Mill, Mossley Mill, Carnmoney Road North, Newtownabbey– Sat 26 Oct – A
New Micaëla for CARMEN October Tour
Mairéad Buicke will not be rejoining the cast of CARMEN for our October tour, for the happy reason of maternity leave – we know that fans of OTC will join us in wishing her well with her new production!
Mairéad Buicke as Micaëla
And there is more good news: Sinéad Campbell-Wallace, a long-time friend to OTC, most recently singing the Countess in OTC’s immensely popular Irish and UK tour of The Marriage of Figaro (2010/11), will join the company for our performances in Ennis, Bray, Tralee, Dublin, Dun Laoghaire and Newtownabbey.
Sinéad Campbell-Wallace in the title role of OTC’s 2009/10 Irish & UK tour of ALCINA